Essex League: Battered in Brentwood

Division 2
Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Venue: Brentwood Baptist Church

Board    Brentwood                       6½-1½ Ilford
1              235 Haydon, David          1-0        Twitchell, Neville 174
2              165 Adams, Ronald F     ½-½    Barton, Tom  166
3              159 Kingsley, Malcolm P 1-0      Kent, Anthony R 151
4              157 Hughes, Gavin J        ½-½    Kalinsky, Syd M 141
5               128 Davies, Robert J V      1-0      Page, Jeffrey 139
6               115 McGee, Aidan            ½-½    Tutu, Marshall 094
7               106 Fisher, Russell            1-0       Pakovlevas, Aleksandras
8               89 D’Cruz, David                1-d      Default

“Been beat up and battered ’round, Been sent up, and I’ve been shot down (Travelling Willburys, ‘Handle With Care’)    

(from Jef’s notes) A poor night for Ilford, and not so surprising a win for Brentwood- with only a slight discrepency in the grades of the players on board 1! Another default to contend with- again… Neville had a tough time against Haydon which went into the endgame with Haydon 2 Bishops & 4 pawns up against Twitchell’s lone, overworked Rook and a single pawn. Anthony lost control of the opening leading to a quick win for Kingsley, and likewise Fisher rounded up many of Pakovlevas’s pieces for a rapid victory. After a good opening, Jef blundered and allowed ex-Ilford member Rob Davies to trap and win his Bishop leading to a forced win for Rob.

Tom seemed to have Adams on the ropes but he defended adroitly to hold, whilst Syd attacked Gavin Hughes really hard and forced him, in a very sharp attack, to give up his Queen for 2 Rooks but again good defence held. Our most improved player Marshall arrived straight from work 30 minute late, but he played calmly as McGee could find no gaps to exploit and Tutu easily held for a deserved draw.

It’s a credit and compliment to us that Brentwood felt compelled to pull in a 230+ player to beat us (some sort of consolation?). But we need to find some match wins soon. Thanks to everyone who played- especially Marshall.

So, 1 win from 4 away matches. Now, 5 of the 6 remaining Essex matches in the new year are at home. Hopefully we can get full 8 man teams for all the home games and things will look up! 

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London League: First Win of the season!

(Edited from Tom’s notes) Against Hackney 2, we won the match on the evening 6-3, with one game adjourned. A welcome game point at the fifth attempt this season with a big welcome to our new players Gideon and Andrew! Ilford White on odds.


1         Zoltan Kovacs 178  0-1  Kevin D White 174  
2         Piro Balluglo 174  adj   Julian Hudson 176
3         Paul Conway 168 1/2 Tom A Barton 166
4        John Tennyson 166  1-0   Neville H Twitchell 174
5        Jeff Leung 165        1/2 Gideon Vecht 160
6         Salim Kriman 158    1-0 Gary Thurston 163
7         Emyr Jones 149  0-1 Leslie J Crane 156
8       Ramon J Jose 151   0-1 Anthony R Kent 151
9       James Corrigan 14  0-1 Aidan T Corish 156
10     Geoff Gunby 132    0-1 Andrew Medworth 146
Mean grading Home team: 159   Away team: 162.2 Δ = -3.2
match result: 3 — 6
with 1 game adjourned on board two

The teams were pretty evenly matched and the board positions see-sawed during the evening. Early results were wins for Les (in 11 moves against the French Defence!) and Aidan , and a loss for Neville. Gideon had an interesting Scotch Gambit and in a tricky position accepted a half. Tom also halved in a gummed up position. Gary has an unfortunate habit of getting himself into time-trouble and did it again tonight. Anthony won with a checkmate, and with Andrew winning a long endgame with knight and 2 pawns v knight, giving us five points. The final result depended on the top two boards and with Julian struggling it all depended on Kevin’s game which went back and forth. In the time scramble at the end, his position went from worse to winning thus securing the points. A welcome return to the team by Kevin!n the meantime I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a Happy New Year,

boards 3, 4 and 5

Complications on top board
Key win in the endgame for Andrew on board 10

Essex League: Disappointing loss to Barking

Division 2      Time: 90 minutes each
Date: Thursday 29 November 2018
Venue: St Margaret’s Church Centre, Barking

Board  Barking II                               5-3     Ilford
1           172 Ramage, Colin R             ½   Twitchell, Neville H 174
2          153 Barr, Steven G                0-1   Barton, Tom A 166
3         149 Wickham, Michael       1-0   Kent, Anthony R 151
4         145 Clow, Kenneth W          1-d   Kalinsky, Syd M 141
5         134 Ansari, Gholamreza    ½     Page, Jeffrey 139
6         134 Figgins, John A             0-1    Ainkaran, Lavanan 127
7         112 Chtym, Vladimir            1-0    Tutu, Marshall 094
8               Blagianu, Mihaita          1-0    Pakovlevas, Aleksandras

(edited from Jef’s notes). This was a match which, despite the default,  we should not have lost.
Pakovlevas had his King driven out into the centre of the board and the game didn’t last long too long. Marshall found it tough to develop his pieces against Chtym, and after having arriving late lost on time. My defensive Caro-Kann did just enough to worry Ansari who took the draw even though, if he’d gambled, he might have won a useful pawn. Lavanan was winning well when Figgins blundered and lost a N to save his Queen. Then, when both raced to queen a pawn, Ainkaran got his up the board first to victory. Tom played nicely to open up the queenside a and b files against Barr’s queenside-castled K, and as the pressure grew and Barr defended adroitly, Barton finally won a key pawn enabling him to advance and queen his own pawn. On top board Ramage did well to go a pawn up but as the pieces were swapped off Neville forced the ending down to Bishops of opposite colours and draw was quickly agreed. The result hinged on Anthony Kent’s game. After a game where the advantage keep changing, he had the advantage until Wickham got his Q&R down to the back rank. Suddenly, Tony’s King was forced out into the open and in the mad time scramble, got mated. Very disappointing after our good performance and win at Loughton.

Thanks to everyone who played

Tom’s winning attack for white

NCCL – An Ilford score of two halves

North Circular Chess League   DIVISION A
Ilford 1½ – 4½  Chingford I
29 October 2018

An Ilford score of two halves: the top half good, the bottom half bad.

Neville has had some good wins over Gavin Hughes but this time Gavin found a better defence and held. Tony played well to gain a half and Tom almost won a R&P endgame against Brady. Tom played well, until he was a pawn up, then it got shaky as Brady’s play sharpened up and he clawed the pawn back and secured a draw.

Syd won a pawn but couldn’t hold on, I blundered in the endgame when running out of time also a pawn up with a good position, and Brian Spear made short work of Marshall. We let this match slip away too easily as we should have made the score much closer.

Jef Page.

Ilford 1 Grade Result Chingford 1 Grade
Neville TWITCHELL 174 ½-½ Gavin HUGHES 157
Tom BARTON 166 ½-½ David BRADY 156
Anthony KENT 151 ½-½ Peter ROSE 158
Syd KALINSKY 141 0-1 Peter BURGOYNE 152
Jef PAGE 139 0-1 Robin OAKLEY 145
Marshall TUTU 94 0-1 Brian SPEAR 146

Third loss in a row in the London League

Metropolitan 1    7.5 – 1.5    Ilford 1        with 1 Adjourned
London League D2 – 25 October 2018

Lacking three boards for a full team it was no surprise that Ilford lost this match. Good draws for Les, Anthony and Aidan. Julian’s adjourned position doesn’t look too good – see below.

A full team is required for the next match!

Tom Barton

  Metropolitan 1 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 David Norton 198 1 – 0 Tom Barton             (b) 166
2 Tanguy Defleselle 198 Adj Julian Hudson         (w) 176
3 Ian Calvert 177 ½ – ½ Les Crane 156
4 Adam Bedi 166 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
5 Adam Squibbs 174 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
6 Soumen Roy 172 1 – 0 Jef Page 139
7 Fraser Lees 164 1 – 0 Jason Klimach 137
8 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
9 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
10 Walkover   1 – 0 Forfeit  
  Total   7½ – 1½    

Adjournment   Hudson – Defleselle – white to play

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Julian considers his next move

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Ilford wiped out of Lawrance Cup by Barnet

NCCL Lawrance Cup:  Ilford 1-7 Barnet
Two game rapidplay match as b&w, 30 minutes each per game.
Monday 22 October 2018

Short and not very sweet. Barnet arrived at Ilford with a very strong team and wiped us out of the Cup. It may not be our top priority this season but still disappointing.

The only Ilford player to ruin a consistent nil score for all of us was Tom who won well in round 1.

We now settle back to league matches.

Jef Page.

Ilford Grade Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Barnet Grade
Neville Twitchell 174 0 – 1 0 – 1 Roy Sagall 195
Tom Barton 166 1 – 0 0 – 1 Alex Ethelontis 197
Anthony Kent 151 0 – 1 0 – 1 Jon Rubeck 168
Jef Page 139 0 – 1 0 – 1 Philip Myers 158
1 – 3 0 – 4

Close match against Cavendish

Cavendish 2 v Ilford 1
London League – 18 Oct 2018

A good performance from the team but a disappointing result as Ilford missed out on getting the first London League match point of the season, losing 5.5 – 4.5.

Cavendish had strength right down to the bottom board with an average grade of 174 compared Ilford’s 163. There were early results with Neville and Tom winning and Les and David losing. The bottom three boards, who were most out-graded, all played solidly and held for draws with Anthony having the best chances for something more. Those results left the match all square with three games to go. Chris was slowly out-manoeuvred by Kanwal in a tricky game (no doubt Chris, as the ECF Director of Women’s Chess, was delighted to be playing female opposition…) but Ilford had hopes for both Julian and Gary’s games. Gary had an edge in his game and as player’s often do, spent time looking for a way to break through but unfortunately at the cost of putting himself under time pressure and losing coming up to the time control. So despite Julian converting his advantage with a win Ilford lost the match.

  Cavendish 2 GRADE SCORE Ilford 1 GRADE
1 Kanwal K. Bhatia         (w) 187 1 – 0 Chris Fegan 187
2 David Friedgood           (b) 186 0 – 1 Julian Hudson 176
3 Michael Crichton 173 0 – 1 Tom Barton 166
4 Anthony C.P. Milnes 177 0 – 1 Neville Twitchell 174
5 Barry N. Green 168 1 – 0 David Millward 164
6 Philip J. Gregory 175 1 – 0 Gary Thurston 163
7 Michael St J. Brown 165 1 – 0 Les Crane 156
8 Stewart Reuben 174 ½ – ½ Anthony Kent 151
9 Chris C. Sherwood 164 ½ – ½ Aidan Corish 156
10 Howard J. Waterman 168 ½ – ½ Jef Page 139
  Total   5½ – 4½